Woman's Screams Scared Off Home Invasion Suspects: Cops

By Chris Chan and R. Stickney
|  Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014  |  Updated 11:42 AM PDT
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NBC 7's Chris Chan speaks to an Otay Mesa resident who survived a terrifying home invasion. The victim recounts how a suspect broke into his home, pointed a rifle at him and pulled the trigger in a moment he thought may have been his last.

NBC 7's Chris Chan speaks to an Otay Mesa resident who survived a terrifying home invasion. The victim recounts how a suspect broke into his home, pointed a rifle at him and pulled the trigger in a moment he thought may have been his last.

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Woman's Screams Thwart Home Invasion: Cops

NBC 7's Chris Chan reports from Otay Mesa where a home invasion resulted in a single gunshot inside the home.
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A woman’s screams may have helped to thwart two attackers in an Otay Mesa home invasion, officials said.

San Diego police are searching for two masked men who kicked in the front door of the home at Glading Drive at Piccard Avenue around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday.

While they were doing it, one shot was fired into the home. Police say it's unclear whether the gunshot was intentional or accidental.

The attackers pulled a woman and her adult son into a family room where the woman began screaming.

Police say that screaming may have scared the suspects off because she was screaming so loudly, it alerted neighbors.

Virgilio Ballejos, 52, told NBC 7 the suspect pointed a rifle at him when he was in the living room.

He said the suspect pulled the trigger but the gun clicked twice.

Ballejos and his 76-year-old mother were uninjured.

Police say the men fled, driving away in a small car going northbound on Piccard Avenue.

San Diego police officers have been going door to door in the neighborhood to see if anyone saw or heard anything.

Ed. note: A previous version of this article incorrectly identified the investigating agency. We regret the error.

 

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